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Louisiana Republicans release attack ad after Governor Edwards proposes tax increase

Image from commercial attacking Gov. Edwards for raising taxes after saying he wouldn't (Image Source: Louisiana Republican Party Facebook) Image from commercial attacking Gov. Edwards for raising taxes after saying he wouldn't (Image Source: Louisiana Republican Party Facebook)
BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) -

The Republican Party of Louisiana is officially back from any honeymoon they may have been on with Gov. John Bel Edwards. The Party released a new ad attacking Edwards for going back on what he said about raising taxes during the campaign.

"Is John Bel Edwards going to raise your taxes," a narrator asks in the commercial.

A clip of Edwards follows where the governor says, "I'm not going to look at raising taxes."

"So what is his plan to raise revenue," the narrator asks.

The commercial continues to show Edwards in the months leading up to the election saying he didn’t think raising taxes would be needed to fix the state’s budget mess. (See the full commercial at the bottom of this article.)

"This is five weeks into the governorship of John Bel Edwards and it looks like the campaign for 2019 has already begun," said WAFB Political Analyst Jim Engster. "The Republican Party is hanging him with his own words. He didn't want to raise taxes, said he wouldn't and now he wants to."

Party officials say the ad, currently only running online, has reached more than 400,000 people. Officials say they may eventually run the spot on TV.

"Obviously, when he got down into the weeds he found out the problem was much more intense and would need to take actions he didn't intend," Engster said. "This is five weeks into the governorship of John Bel Edwards and it looks like the campaign for 2019 has already begun. The Republican Party is hanging him with his own words. He didn't want to raise taxes, said he wouldn't and now he wants to."

Edwards has said that his approach has changed because the budget problem is much bigger than he previously thought.

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